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Hungarian GP win boost Mercedes championship expectation

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969776_609916075705691_1356061868_nMercedes now believes they can compete with Red Bull for this year title and proved with Lewis Hamilton’s first top podium for Mercedes. The Brackley based F1 squad wins three of the last five races and taking seven pole positions in the 10 rounds in the first-half of this season.

The Silver-arrows now second in the constructors championship 69 points gap between leading Red Bull Racing. Lewis Hamilton currently fourth in the drivers’ championship 48 gap between top Sebastian Vettel with nine races left in this season.

Early period of this season Mercedes struggled with race pace, mainly higher tyre degradation problem, but last race weekend at the Hungary both cars finished with the points, and also not reported heavy tyre degradation problem.

“It’s so fragile,” team principal Ross Brawn said. “The team had a very strong weekend and if we replicate that there’s no reason why not. If we don’t replicate it then we won’t.

“We’ve got to get both cars to the finish, we didn’t do that today. A very strong performance with Hamilton, Rosberg had some problems – not of his own making but you’ve got to have both cars right up there.

“I think it’s still open myself and certainly we won’t be giving up,” added the Briton.

The tyres have been Mercedes’ big problem – Hamilton said it was still to early to talk of the championship but Sunday’s win showed “anything is possible”.

“I just hope that it’s not the last time my tyres work for me,” he said.

Ross Brawn known the switch may have helped the team but said mastering the tyres were still very much a moving target.

“I think the Nuerburgring (the German race before Hungary) was another piece of the jigsaw. In our post-race analysis of the Nuerburgring we understood a bit more,” he said.

“The tyres changed again here and we’ve slightly focused on a few different things in terms of trying to judge where we were in terms of tyre performance and what we have to do to achieve a good long-run result.

“I still don’t have any idea, quite frankly, whether this tyre is the one that suits us more or less than anyone else. It’s certainly changed the order a little bit because some teams who are doing exceptionally well like Force India have struggled with it.”

“We got it on the button this weekend, it doesn’t mean we’ll get it right at Spa because every situation is different,” he said, referring to the next race in Belgium on Aug. 25. “You just build up your understanding of it to use it properly.”

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